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The Marina (Lincoln) Nursery

What makes us magical at Children 1st @ The Marina (Lincoln)?

Our wonderful location in the heart of the university quarter, close to the beautiful Marina, makes us special. As does the fact parents rate us 9.9/10 on DayNurseries.co.uk.

Here at the nursery we are proud of our links with the university and our focus on supporting families with busy working lives. We have recently gone through a full refurbishment programme with gusto, including re-designing the baby suite with the needs of our youngest children in mind. With a special area to care for the tiniest of babies, to a soft play area for those toddlers more confident on their feet, the baby suite is a beautifully equipped space for fun and learning.

Please take a tour of our nursery by clicking through the pictures below.

Our older children are also given an exciting space of their own with their favourite area currently being the ‘reading loft’ – a mezzanine level space where children can escape to read a quiet story or just look at the children playing below giving them a different perspective on the world.

The staff team work closely with the early years children to ensure the quality of play and learning is a priority.

Our outdoor space is key to learning and our children can flow from the classroom to outdoors seamlessly, ensuring that their learning never stops!

The team at the Marina can often be heard telling everybody why their nursery is special and they would love to share that with you, so please feel free to come along for a visit.

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Baby Suite
Our baby suite is a unique environment tailor made to stimulate very young minds as they begin to explore the world. Designed based on the latest Baby Brain research the baby suits are the perfect environment for your child.
Sensory Area
Heightening the senses of our babies, our sensory area within our baby suite is an environment full of toys and objects which children love to see, hear and feel.
Toddler Suite
Our toddler suite invites our young inquisitive and enthusiastic children to join in with the carefully planned and organised exciting activities throughout the day, all within a purpose built environment.There is real focus on providing lots of physical adventures as well as opportunities for quiet time, creative time and role play. Our open door policy encourages parents to pop in at any time.
Out of Schools Club
Our Out of Schools club invites older children back at the start and end of the day. Children have the opportunity to relax, do their homework or join in with the activities specifically planned for their age and preference.
Dedicated Chef
We know how important it is for children to eat a healthy balanced diet. This is why our nursery has a dedicated chef who develops nutritionally balanced meals for your child to enjoy and help them start good eating habits.
Large Garden
Our children love the large garden complete with bespoke outdoor learning environments. The unique space has been created in consultation with our children and is based on the latest research.
Nature Trail
Our large garden features a nature trail where children can learn about the outdoor environment and the interesting insects and animals that call the outdoors their home.
Inside Play Area with Ball Pond
Hugely popular with all children, our nursery features a large inside play area complete with ball pond. This unique environment has been designed in consultation with our children and their parents. Maybe that is why they love it so much!
Free Places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
All our nurseries offer funded places for 2,3 and 4 year olds who meet the Government’s eligibility criteria. Please speak with us to discuss whether you are eligible.
IT Facilities
The next Bill Gates? Our nursery features the latest IT facilities for children to play and learn on. From our tablet tables to computers, Children are able to use these facilities as an essential learning resource, helping to equip them for the technological world we live in.
French Classes
Children have the opportunity to take part in our French classes to help them develop of love of language from an early age and help them get a head in school.
Dancing with Funky Feet
Our Funky Feet Music and Movement classes are hugely popular. The weekly sessions for children aged 2-3 and 3-5, include movement to music and an opportunity for the children to make music, sing and dance with the help of our very cheeky friend “Toes” the bear.
Visits from the Hairdresser
A regular topic at our nursery is “People Who Help Us.” As part of this, a hairdresser visits the nursery once a month so that children can become comfortable with having their hair cut. The hairdresser is experienced in working with young children and provides a positive experience which can help children in the future.
FizzyTots Games
A big hit with all the children, the Fizzy Tots activity ensures all children learn to enjoy being active and how to play well with one another and as part of a team.
Football Coaching with Sheffield Wednesday
Every Tuesday morning we are delighted to welcome the Sheffield Wednesday Community Coach to nursery. He holds two sessions in which children learn about following instructions and completing different physical challenges, as well as playing team games.
Forestry School
Our nursery provides the opportunity for our children to experience forestry style experiences right outside the door. These experiences provide children with the opportunity to discover the natural environment, play within it and share fun times with their friends hiding, building and exploring.
Indoor Play Area
Hugely popular with all children, our nursery features a large inside play area. This unique environment has been designed in consultation with our children and their parents. Maybe that is why they love it so much!
Jungle Room
How many animals can you spot in the Jungle Room? This purpose built environment has been designed in consultation with children and parents and provides opportunities for physical development. Children are provided with the ability to climb, use ropes and steps, crawl, jump and slide!
Purpose Built Environment
Our nursery benefits from being a purpose built environment that has been designed in consultation with children and parents. The environment has been designed using not only our own ethos but is supported by baby brain research into how colours and furnishings can shape young children’s minds.
Singing Lessons
Taking place each week, our singing classes help to build confidence, allow children to express themselves and help to develop a love of music from an early age.
Top 10 in East Midlands
Following reviews from the parents, our nursery is ranked in the top 10 day nurseries in the East Midlands on leading nursery listings site DayNurseries.co.uk

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We would love to meet you and your child and take you on a tour of your local Children 1st Nursery. Our experienced staff will be delighted to answer any questions you have about enrolling your child in our nurseries.

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Nursery Details


The Marina
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Call Us

If your child is at our nursery and you have a question, please call

01522 511 333

If you would like to book a place, please call 01522 511 333 to speak with Louisa our Clare, two of our experienced nursery managers who will be able to assist you

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6.30pm
Closed weekends, bank holidays, Christmas – regional variations may apply

Additional Info

Situated in the university campus, parking is available.

Our promise to you

We will deliver the highest quality of learning and care to your child